4-H’ers attend national conference
Joshua Dawrs, Justin Uchimura and Naia Ilagan-Willard recently attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. This is the highest state honor attainable by a 4-H member in recognition of significant accomplishments in the Hawaii 4-H Youth Development program.
More than 900 4-H’ers, leaders and educators from around the country attended the conference, themed “Become a Catalyst of Change.” The teens were challenged to inspire and serve others. Motivational speakers included Dan Thurmon, who used a juggling to demonstrate the power of focus; Eugen Schoenfeld, a Holocaust survivor; Miss America Robin Kaeppeler; and Dan Clark, recording artist, CEO of Clark Success Systems and primary contributing author to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
Through workshops, team building experiences, cultural programs, field trips and community service activities, the 4-Hers were able to expand their horizons and further develop their leadership skills.
For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program, contact Joan Chong at 322-0166. Partial scholarship support for this national recognition event was provided by the Hawaii State 4-H Alumni Association.
Foundation offers scholarships
Hawaii Community Foundation is offering more than 170 scholarships to those seeking financial assistance to fund their college or vocational education. Students may, through Feb. 22, search for scholarships and complete an online application at hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.
“With the cost of college tuition rising, these scholarships help to ensure that Hawaii’s students have an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and seek a college education,” said Amy Luersen, director of philanthropic services at the Hawaii Community Foundation. “With the help of our generous donors, we are pleased to offer hope for thousands of students.”
Applicants must submit supporting documents, including a full Student Aid Report generated when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, grade transcript and personal statement. Some scholarships may require additional information, such as letters of recommendation or essays. Through the online application process, students may request letters of recommendation via email and regularly view status updates of their requests.
Hawaii Community Foundation annually distributes $4.5 million in scholarships; the average individual scholarship award is $2,200.
Parker debaters bring home another trophy
The Parker School debate team came away with the trophy for largest number of winning ballots from the University Lab School Debate Nonqualifying Tournament on Nov. 17. One of 13 schools participating in the event, Parker earned 57 winning ballots; Iolani School came in second with 52.
The following Parker students won all six of their debate rounds: freshman Carrie Hiller and visiting Russian sophomore Maksim Ionin in novice Lincoln-Douglas and juniors Michael Note and Kosuke Kume in beginning public forum debate.
The following students won five rounds and lost one: sophomores Jaren Ashcraft and Luke Potter in beginning public forum debate; freshmen Sivan Najita and Kevin Grace in Novice Lincoln-Douglas; and senior Paul Gregg in championship Lincoln-Douglas.
Sophomore Maia Tarnas and junior Renee Brighter earned 4-2 in advanced public forum debate. Fourteen of 27 Parker School students received a superior rating at the tournament.
The Parker debaters will again compete at a nonqualifying debate tournament Saturday at Punahou School. For more information visit parkerschool.net.
Waimea Middle spelling bee is Friday
Waimea Middle School will hold its schoolwide spelling bee from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at Kahilu Hall. Families and community friends are invited. Winners of the bee will move to the district level and could advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.
Students have been competing in language arts classes over the past two weeks. The following students have qualified to compete in Friday’s competition.
Eighth grade: Anatevka AhLoy, Romilly Benedict, Rusty Crabbe, Bodie Glasscock, Iokepa Keliiholokai-Agustin, Korie Key, Kaylene Lincoln, Cherrish Lumalan.
Seventh grade: Roland Afaga Jr., Jacob Brown, Ryan Hooley, Austin Kahoopii, Kiai Lindsey, Lehua Muranaka Walton, Adrianna Rodriguez, Celeste Souza, Taran Takahashi.
Sixth grade: Sheldon Aribal, Serenidy Delos Santos, Daneau Domingo, Maya Ellsworth, Kuulei Hashimoto-Ruis, Lilly Lindsey, Tori Lindsey, Keahi Noa-Lange, Lehua Peters-Lindborg, Annie Pham.
Kona Christian announces honor roll
Kona Christian Academy has announced the names of students on its first quarter honor roll.
Second grade: Judah Grosch, Anja Marie Henriques, Kili Kanda, Lynelle Yadao-Ellazar, Mikaela Casino, Noa Frechette, Triton Rivera, Karsten Wanke, Jacob Charles, Lynea Rivera, Kaleb Sotelo.
Third grade: Shardelle Bellah, Noa Clark, Isabella Malendres, Alex Payesko, Kaiulani Bento, Jordan Hanano, Kalae Mills, Leiana Atienza-Vehemente, Nuuhiwa Beatty, Makana Carbonel-Mangus, Alex Christensen, Josiah Kaaua, Kale Onaka, Sol Pace.
Fourth grade: Maya Calilao, Riley Estrada, Kaipono Benson, Malia Guilloz, Leilani Kathe, Raychelle Lorenzo, Elizabeth Evans.
Fifth grade: Ilinahe Beatty, Colby Hardie, Maia Mills, Kaitlynn Sell, Kahoku Benson, RJ Luea, Kulani Paikuli-Campbell, Maura Wagner, Meleana Duvauchelle, Timmy Catanzaro.
Sixth and seventh grades: Mara Duarte, Enjolique Hughes, Malaea Marks, Katrina Whalen, Shanti Eskildsen, Kamalu Kaupiko, Katie McCormick, Jenna Howery, Noa Baggs, Tristan Charles, Hani Nguyen, Elisabeth St. Clair, Jaden Berney, Esai Easley, Lenae Nygaard, Blake Valencia, Michelle Brunner, Shanna Hamilton, Witney O’Halloran, Shayna Valencia, Jeriah Cacal, Cressy Kerr, Bryanna Smith, Johnny Yoon, David Casino, Deja Logan, Kali Sotelo.